Based out of Boston and Providence, Kid Mountain has put together an album unlike much else I have heard; local or not. There is definitely a cohesive sound unifying the album that creates something joyous and almost primitive all at once. The instruments all retain a certain clarity to them with heavy reverb and subtle echo being the only discernible sounds being used over crisp Fender tones. This is an album worth repeating and it is a band I am even more excited to see again live.
While they sounded great at The Columbus Theatre, I see them as more of a dancing experience.
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Great echo-y guitars. Chanting vocals nice. Very enticing beginning. Man that background singer gets up there. Those drums slid in just right; now back to the guitar vocals. Weow-oo’s make me want to shake my legs. Great drum beat. Very minimalist with the guitar. Rusted Root-ish in some ways. Very rolling song. Came in waves and left the same way. Like a tide.
Syncopated beginning into great strummy verse. Nice strat riff there. Great driving verse. Vocals very easy going. Head bobbing on this one. I dig that high trilling riff. Now a one-chord build into some ooh’s this is a hot one. I could see myself dancing to this one. They were great at the Columbus Theatre, but seats are no way to experience these cuts. Bass solo to end it! Bingo!
Nice riff to start things off. Building moment into some hypnotic vocals. Nice break with those high harmonies. “Get togetha with ma friends…” back to the 80s with that one Zen-master. “Swim in the river where the children go.” Oohh banan-banan-na-na into a trippy descending riff with those ooh’s in the back, take notes on this breakdown and master of syncopated strums into the descending riff again. So unique. Back to the verse. No just guitar and vocals, drums back, background vocals in full swing. This song feels like a waterfall. A fucking waterfall.
Take Your Legs
Bass, drum intro with some light keys thrown on top. Those gang vocals don’t quit. In it to win it. Bum-bum-bum. Then the echo-y strat makes a comeback. Nice buildup here with palm muting. “Hey surrounded now…” NICE STOP back into the game! The music dances through like a dream or something. It makes a backdrop for looking out the window…which I was just doing.
Happy lapping into a new tune. Fun harmonies here with that bouncing bass line. Plays in well to the guitar riffs on the chorus. A lot going on in this one…two, three guitars all-riffing! What is this Judas Priest? BASS SOLO! And everything back. We all liked that. It’s music I would imagine kids making if they were stranded on a mountain with instruments. Finally, keyboard solo. Double chord break. NICE JAM SESSION HERE! Hip-hop drumbeat over little rambling riffs…no clear soloist here. Digging this breakdown…see you on the other side. This is what it’s all about. This should be a garage band loop. Minimal effects and a little tambo.
Maine is my jam! This is what summer is all about in my mind; I’m having more a flashback listening to this song than actually hearing it. But, it’s got a sweet little keyboard line there. Whistling? Love it. A little bit Capcom at points, especially the buildup to the main riff after the verse. Very danceable. This song definitely has me guessing, nice stop back into the verse. Picking it up with the vocals and those crash cymbals. Bring it home Kidz! Now just keys and vocals. LOVE IT! This track is it. BOOM. Done! Perfect ending.
A little summer punk. Very catchy verse and accompanying riff. Nothing like a straightforward rock song with hooks to bring it all back together. Extra guitar out of nowhere! Nice breakdown here. BIG BUILDUP. Great double vocals….and a nice ending riff there. These guys have their shit together. No doubt.
What a place. Slowing things down a notch? Sure, why not. This is friggin’ Kid Mountain! Anything goes. A little tambourine hit, very subtle, goes nice with the full on guitar riffing I hear. Dare I say instrumental? Like floating on a river. In fact one time I did go swimming on a river in Vermont and this might have been in my head. Cool jam with an ambiguous quiet ending. Very mysterious, very Vermont, very porch door.
Laughing All Your Laughs Out
A little throwback to Shake Your Sillies Out. I hear the reference loud and clear. Buildup riff supported by some ooh’s and ringing chords at the end. “Sigh with the crickets”…any day my man. Nice background oh’s on second verse with that little rhythmic touch. The drums accenting all the right places. Everyone in on this instrumental;, ooh’s part. Solo guitar with nice lead bit falling over it. A little Graceland era Paul Simon there. Nice meet-up here with the instruments. Just ends…I missed it, I was munching on a Ritz.
Acoustic makes an appearance. Nice oh’s, reminds me of Rubblebucket…another good band. Also, those chords are very dramatic. Sounds good, sounds spacey. Those oh’s go way up! Ends with them! Bingo. Solid.
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